Climbs 85
Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 160m a.s.l
Faces S

Dark little crimps © sim.monkey

Crag features

A sheltered disused quarry, just outside Penrith on Beacon hill/Edge. Signposted as 'Cowraik Quarry' as oppose to 'Cowrake Quarry'.

First ascents of the older routes were mainly done by local mountain rescue teams who used the quarry as a training area. The rock is soft and so leading is discouraged, with the use of a bouldering mat strongly encouraged. Top outs are often grim, and its often easier to jump/climb down.

Approach notes

One mile ENE from Penrith. From the large roundabout to the east of the motorway, take the A686 for about 2 miles. At the pylons, turn left onto a lane. Follow this for a mile to a footpath on the right, which leads to the quarry.


This used to be Penrith Climbing Wall, before Penrith had a climbing wall. ( excellent friction even in the wet!) The gorse bushes often doubled as bouldering mats (ouch!), before these modern fancy mats were invented. Enjoy! I hope it still gets used as often
Alan Stark - 17/Dec/03
I often go to cowrake for an evening boulder after school lots of problems to work on. If you live near by and looking for an summer's evening out bouldering. Highly recomended
mattjwaring - 01/Sep/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Piney Play 
2Aunt AggieHS 4c 23
3Scots PineMS 4a 34
4Pine WallVS 5b 22
5Dirty DaveVS 5c 30
6Speckled AreteV2 11
7Desperate DanS 4b 18
8Super Sexy BrolliesV1 17
9Super Sexy Brollies(Left wall dodger)V2 14
10Tom ThumbHVS 5b 5
 Snappy Main Wall 
12PrunesquallorV0 7
13Udder CrackHVS 5a 6
14Sacred CowVS 4c 9
15White SnakeHVS 5b 12
16Holy CowHVS 4c 2
17What's Coming Up?HVS 4c 2
18Problem Wallnone 5a 20
19Cow PieVS 4c 2
 Arete Fever 
21The AreteVS 4c 13
22Deadend GrooveVS 4b 4
23JughandleVS 4c 27
 The Pod Area 
25Heathernone 5a 18
26Gorsenone 4c 39
27Off the wall
V1 *9
28Broomnone 5b 29
29Bedknobsnone 6a 14
30Bramblesnone 4c 14
31Bramble Aretenone 4a 16
32PricklesV1 13
33Prickles HighV1 **10
34Mungo is Angry
V2 *17
35Mungo Direct
V3 8
36Pod DynoV3 ***9
37Pod StaticV4 ***9
 Twin Cracks Area 
39Neanderthal Crack
V3 11
40Ordinary RouteV2 17
41Finger CruncherV3 **11
42Finger DirectV4 *7
43Finger RegainedV5 *6
44Cracked SlabVB 13
45Fine TunedV1 11
46The SloperV3 *6
47Pot BlackV2 17
48Pot Black (sit start)
V2 16
49Twin CracksV1 20
50The VixenV3 20
51The Ferretnone 5a 19
52The Polecatnone 4b 18
53The Foxnone 5a 16
54Pis En Litnone 4b 20
55Upstairsnone 4c 13
56Downstairsnone 6a 3
57Downstairs ExtensionV3 **7
58Slabs 2none 3c 4
59Slabs 1none 4c 6
60Blackberriesnone 4a 2
 Medusa Tree Area 
62Neneh Cherry
V5 6

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